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UK VFX Union featured on fxguide podcast!

Paul Evans, the BECTU national official for the vfx branch and Joe Pavlo, the vfx branch chair had a chat with Jeff Heuser from the fxguide podcast to talk about their work in the UK to establish a Visual Effects

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Large BECTU survey points to serious concerns from MPC’s visual effects workers

full article on BECTU’s website here Bare necessities missing for VFX workers at MPC “Moving Picture Company appears to encapsulate everything that is wrong with employment in UK VFX in microcosm” says BECTU, the media and entertainment union. In a

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 5

MPC says: ‘A union could mean that just 40% of the workers can decide the fate of everyone else’ This is either a misunderstanding of how union recognition works, or is a deliberate attempt to put workers off of unionisation by

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 4

MPC says: ‘For things to get fairer for everyone, seniors, leads and supes will have to accept a pay cut.’ Again, not true – this is an attempt to turn different workers against each other. Our response to this is exactly

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 3

MPC says: ‘If a union is recognised, then it’s no longer possible for us to reward good workers with pay increases’ Again, not true. Just because a union has been recognised, it doesn’t mean that pay agreements with the workers suddenly

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 2

MPC says: ‘If one department unionises, then we’ll have to cut everyone else’s pay by 20% to pay for it’ It’s hard to take this excuse as anything other than blackmail, and an attempt to turn VFX workers against each

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MPC argument against unionisation no. 1

MPC says: ‘The pot is not bottomless – if VFX workers want paid overtime/sick pay/job security/etc, then something’s got to give’ Naturally – this is not an unreasonable position for a company to take. BECTU is being guided by its members,

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New game. New rules. 

Welcome to the Brave New World of Visual Effects!  The compositing department at MPC has unionised and the global response has been amazing! The Hollywood Reporter covered the story and now fxguide has a post up on their website as

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Unionisation at MPC!

BREAKING NEWS! The VFX branch of BECTU has given formal notice to MPC’s management that the Compositing Department at MPC are unionising, and will be applying for union recognition. Yesterday (2nd Dec. 2015), MPC responded to this, and called the

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What’s new in VFX?

A new article is out from Cinefex that asks some visual effects experts what’s new in Visual Effects.  I’m sure a lot of it is stuff we’ve experienced ourselves at work.  Most notably was a lot of talk about VR

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